Anxiety Counseling

You are not alone if you are experiencing anxiety. One fourth of the population will suffer an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. Our culture's pace can be frenetic, which often leads to a lifestyle that feels overwhelmingly fast. For some people, even those not prone to anxiety, getting through the day can seem daunting, terrifying, or even impossible. The physical and mental effects of anxiety range from mildly unsettling to extremely debilitating. Sources of your anxiety vary and include environmental factors, medical conditions, genetics, brain chemistry, substance abuse, or a combination of any of these, all of which may be triggered by stress. Whatever the cause, I can help you with your racing mind and agitated body.

Forms of Anxiety

Panic attacks
Obsessions & compulsions
Generalized Anxiety Disorders (GADS)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Treatment

Treatment for anxiety is simpler than most people anticipate.  If you are anxious, your reactions to situations may be out of proportion to what is normally expected. I will support you as we examine the validity of your fears and learn to recognize them for what they are and not what you imagine them to be. You will learn a variety of relaxation techniques, including diaphragmatic breathing and guided imagery, as well as mindfulness and body awareness exercises, all of which will enable you to let the thoughts just come and go without struggle. Finally, we will diminish the tendency to avoid difficult situations while increasing your confidence and coping skills as you learn to speak your truth and set boundaries that will protect you from undue stress. For those interested, I also teach tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique), a form of emotional acupuncture that many clients find extremely helpful in reducing the intensity of difficult sensations and emotions. All of these skills can be used in your everyday life, helping you to negotiate an often-chaotic world with the inner peace that you desire.

 

Symptoms

Physical Reactions: 
Sweaty palms
Muscle tension
Racing heart
Flushed cheeks
Light-headedness

Thoughts:
Overestimation of danger
Underestimation of your ability to cope
Underestimation of help available
Worries and catastrophic thoughts

Behaviors:
Avoiding situations where anxiety might occur
Leaving situations when anxiety begins to occur
Trying to do things perfectly
Trying to control events to prevent danger

Moods:
Nervous
Irritable
Anxious
Panicky